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Jos was established in 1915 as a tin transportation camp and its early history was closely linked to the prosperity of the mining industry.
With a population of about 1,000,000, Jos remains one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Nigeria.
It is adjudged the “home of peace” or as the safest city to live in Nigeria. Situated at the northern edge of a pear-shaped upland known as the Jos Plateau.
This upland stretches for approximately 104km. from north to south, and 80km from east to west covering an area of about 8,600km2 or 860,000 hectares.
Characterised by impressive ridges and isolated rocky hills separated by extensive plains, the Plateau exhibits a variety of land forms which provide excellent picnic resorts.
Several rivers and hillocks are interspersed among the highlands giving the landscape a striking scenery.
It maintains an average height of 1,200m (4,000ft) above sea level, and reaches its highest peak in the Shere Hills where it stands at 1,766m (5,829ft).
Another remarkable feature of the Jos Plateau is the clusters of hamlets and villages, which lend colour and beauty to the landscape.
This is one of Plateau’s highest peaks and most rugged, and offers unrivalled opportunities to the mountain climbers and lovers of adventure. It is about 10 kilometres to the East of Jos. The hills serve as a camping spot to the Citizenship and Leadership Training Centre.
A gigantic monolith of volcanic rock sits on a wide expanse, majestically, pinnacling out from the panoramic plains of the middle Benue Trough like a Tower of Eiphel in an arid Paris. The first sight of Wase rock has always held any visitor glued to his feet in awe-struck wonder, coupled with the gusts of pristine wind and ambience attending its surrounding Mid-Benue plains.
Wase Rock is located in Wase Local Government Area of Plateau State, Nigeria. Its geologic origin has been attributed to volcanic activities in the Benue Trough and was exposed by subsequent erosion; hence, it is referred to as a volcanic plug.
The glorious and intimidating poise of the rock is irresistible as it towers into the sky. As an observer’s gaze ascends its slopes from the foothill, it suddenly gets interrupted by blinding rays of sunlight embracing the upper fringes of the outcrop. With quick acclimatization to the beam of light, a network of caves is unveiled, carefully crafted within the rock especially around the upper regions. The caves provide perfect habitation for numerous birds of prey which can be seen constantly hovering above the rock.
This is unquestionably another one of the numerous unequalled blessings of nature to the Nigerian landmass which is yet to be harnessed for profitable economic purposes. May Mother Nature forgive us our sins of neglecting these bundles of potentials.
To any visitor at this site, the two-hour journey from Jos to the location might be a little stressful, but it will always be rewarding as images of the picturesque Wase rock will forever impinge on his mind each time he looks up into the sky.
Its remarkable inselberg rising abruptly 250 metres above the plain of Wase town. A notable topographic feature of 800-foot- (250-metre-) high hill, rises sharply above the savanna. It is a rock climber’s heaven.
Rayfield Holiday Resort, Jos
The resort is located 4km from Jos city. A fantastic scenic environment that offers tourists endless fun of boating, swimming, sun bathing, horse riding, sport fishing and indoor games. For a day out or a weekend get away, the resort has what it takes for your leisure and tranquility. Bar and restaurant facilities are available between 10.00am-7.00 pm daily.
Riyom Rock Formation
Located 25 kilometers from Jos along the Jos-Akwanga road is one of nature’s most spectacular rock formations-the Riyom Rock, so called because it is located in the Riyom Town. Nature had carved out the geographical boundaries of Plateau State in the rock long before the state was even created.
This resulted from the activities of tin mining in the area. Kurra Falls is used by Nigerian Electricity Supply Company (NESCO) to generate electricity power for a large number of communities in the area.
The site is an area of Guinea Savanna on the slopes and top of a mid-altitude ridge of the Jos Plateau, beside the Jos-Kagoro road, about 70 km from Jos. The vegetation comprises gallery forests sorrounded by grasslands. The Assop river, which feeds the picturesque rapids and falls, drains part of the Jos Plateau.
Museum of Nigeria Traditional Architecture (MOTNA)
This is erected on the same site with the National Museum Complex. Here are found the collection of traditional architecture.
Kurang Volcanic Mountain
These highlands are washed by fetching springs which supply the popular spring water (SWAN) with natural spring water. It is located about 88 Kilometres away from Jos.
Solomon Lar Amusement Park, Jos
Located right in the heart of the capital city of Jos, this park provides a place for many occasions. It has been used by movie makers and newly weds for receptions and other fun activities. It is a good site for picnics and recreation.
Panyam Fish Farm
This is located in Mangu local government area about 60 kilometres South-East of Jos. The farm is ideal for sports fishing. It is man-made and its products are sold at subsidized price.
Jos Wildlife Park
Unique for its rare and exotic collection of animals, the park picnic areas are provided in the pine forest and the Vongnifwel Hill, 1,345 metres above sea level being the highest point east of Jos.
Jos Museum Complex
Jos museum is Nigeria’s first museum and it is situated at the foot of a tree covered granites mountains named Coronation Hill. It has accumulation of Terra Cotta Sculptures of Nok Culture as its most distinguished features.